“It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live… 12 By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.” (47:9, 12).
Rest, truth, hope, fruit, healing and Life! Today is filled with His promises. Literal promises that have been, and will be, literally fulfilled in His River of Life.
Consider His River of Life
The man with the measuring rod shows Ezekiel the River that flows from the sanctuary that begins with just a trickle and continued to increase in size until it became a great River, so great until it could not even be crossed.
He brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate by way of the gate that faces east. And behold, water was trickling from the south side. 3 When the man went out toward the east with a line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he led me through the water, water reaching the ankles. 4 Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the knees. Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the loins. 5 Again he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not ford, for the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be forded, (47:2-4).
And I was reminded that His Kingdom would start with a seemingly small beginning, like trickling water or a mustard seed.
He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches,” (Matthew 13:31-32).
His ways are so unlike ours, leaving His place in heaven and laying aside His rights as God, He came born in a manger to a peasant girl, a small beginning indeed.
And when the people saw Jesus stand in the midst of the great feast, and when they heard His invitation to come to Him to drink of the River of Life, were they reminded of Ezekiel’s prophecy? Did they wonder how this One from such small beginnings could make such a great claim?
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified, (John 7:37-39).
Would these Words of Jesus cause the people to reflect on God’s promise through His prophet, Ezekiel? The promise of that day when that great River would sustain every living creature and provide every tree for food, healing, and Life.
I am again reminded that His promises are literal as God speaks of dividing this land that His River of Life will touch. And the promise is to the twelve tribes of Israel, fulfilling His promise regarding their guaranteed inheritance. And here is the wonder of wonders! His literal promise includes the aliens, those of us who were not born into one of the twelve tribes by natural birth, those of us who have been born-again by His Spirit and are brought into His allotted inheritance to live in the midst of His people through faith in his literal promises.
“So you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 You shall divide it by lot for an inheritance among yourselves and among the aliens who stay in your midst, who bring forth sons in your midst. And they shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. 23 And in the tribe with which the alien stays, there you shall give him his inheritance,” declares the Lord God, (47:21-23).
For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; 15 for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. 16 For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 (as it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you”), (Romans 4:13-17).
And His River of Life is both promised and fulfilled in the Son of God Who came in the flesh as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world and Who will come again to reign as King on His glorious throne forever, eternally yielding His glorious fruit and healing to all Who have been marked as His own through faith.
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads, (Revelation 22:1-3).
How do we respond to His River of Life?
God has extended His invitation to come to His River of Life to everyone who is thirsty.
“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost,” (Isaiah 55:1).
And Jesus continues to invite anyone who hears His voice and recognizes their thirst for what only He can give, to come and freely drink from his River of Life.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost,” (Revelation 22:17).
Self-examination time: Have we come, or are we wasting our lives on what will never satisfy?
Today, if you are uncertain, hear His Word and respond that you may live in His everlasting covenant through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.
3 “Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies shown to David,” (Isaiah 55:2-3).
And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” (Mark 14:24).
And If we have answered yes to His invitation and have come to drink and be filled with His Holy Spirit, then let us daily receive the blessings of His sustenance and healing He offers in His Word. Oh, that we would truly find our delight in His Word, spending our days and nights meditating on the glorious treasures of Truth He has provided, so as to daily walk in His Ways and Truth as we trust Him to plant us firmly, like a tree, beside His River of Life.
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers, (Psalm 1:1-3).